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A blog dedicated to the The Mid Century Modern era, approximately 1945-1975. Posts will feature real estate (residential and commercial) designs, fashion and furnishings from that era. Couture Academy projects will be highlighted at least once a month if not more. Enjoy! 

Podcast Episode No. 4: Lisa DiChiera, Landmarks Illinois - Saving the Johnson Publishing Test Kitchen

Johnson Publishing Company Test Kitchen
Courtesy: Lee Bey 

Lisa DiChiera
Courtesy: Landmarks Illinois 

How do you save a historic kitchen that's like no other because of its color and design? That's exactly the question that Landmarks Illinois, a statewide historic preservation non-profit, found itself grappling with when historic-preservation advocates asked Landmarks for its help to save the kitchen designed by African-American architect John Warren Moutoussamy. Ebony Magazine Editor Charlotte L. Lyons tested meals in this kitchen before adding them to the magazine's monthly feature, “A Date with a Dish.”

Landmarks stepped in when the building was sold for development and the new owner didn't want the kitchen. The nonprofit bought the kitchen, which included the walls and appliances, for $1. Photographer Lee Bey documented the kitchen before volunteers dismantled it. 

The kitchen is now in a storage unit while Landmarks works to find a new owner....

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Podcast Episode No. 3: Denver Realtor Adrian Kinney, MidCentury Modern Expert

 

 Courtesy: Adrian Kinney 

About a month ago, I had the great pleasure to meet Denver area Realtor and Midcentury Modern expert Adrian Kinney. He was just so passionate about modernism, I just loved his enthusiasm on the topic.  In addition to selling Denver area MCM homes, he's organizing a Mid Century Modern week, modeled after the one in Palm Springs. 

Speaking of Palm Springs, the Denver area is home to one of the largest collections of Cliff May homes outside of the tony California resort town. Kinney lives in one of them. He's the go-to expert on May in Denver. Tune in to hear this podcast today. 

I'll be adding to some podcast extras as I go along, extras only available to MidCentury Modern 24/7 members. You'll get exclusive access to photos, typed letters, blueprints and more that you won't see else where. You'll simply log into the exclusive, members-only Resources on my website. 

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MidCentury Modern Weekly: San Jose, Calif., Umbrella House, MCM Denver

 

Courtesy: Sarasota Architectural Association

Here's a round-up of MidCentury Modern design inspirations, residential inspiration and more. 

That's it, friends. Have a very MidCentury Modern weekend. 

 

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The MidCentury Modern Show: Podcast Episode 2: Matt Amman, Founder of MidCentury Modern Milwaukee

courtesy: Matt Amman

Friends, my second podcast episode is live on iTunes. Tune in here

Matt Amman, founder of MidCentury Modern Facebook group, talks about how Modernism flourished in Wisconsin - the Milwaukee and Madison area, largely thanks to Frank Lloyd Wright's proteges. 

Amman himself lives in a MidCentury Modern home himself. Hear him share passion for all things Mid Century Modern, how he and neighbors who also own modernist homes, gather regularly over cocktails. The only things missing from their gatherings are "Mad Men" inspired attire. 

He discusses architect Donald Grieb, who designed the Mitchell Park Domes (1955), one of the largest installations of Modernism in Milwaukee, Eero Saarinen's War Memorial Center (1957) among other notable commercial structures in the city. 

Want to learn more about Mid Century Modernism in Milwaukee? Hear Realtor Lori Foulke talk about how to she and her husband a 1950s MCM home in my premiere podcast...

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Typewriter Daily: Leave It to Beaver's Typewriter, The New Yorker, Stan & Ollie

 

 

 Courtesy: Thom Bray/Facebook

Have you seen Stan & Ollie? Me neither. But the is a lot of typing action in it. And this letter you see above is an actual letter that Stan Laurel wrote after he retired. 

That's it for now. Type up a great day. 

 

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The MidCentury Modern Show: Episode 1: Realtor Lori Foulke

Courtesy: Lori Foulke

Courtesy: Sara Stathas/Atomic Ranch

Talk about an amazing place for a podcast interview. I got to sit in the light-filled dining room part of Foxpoint, Wisc. Realtor Lori Foulke's 1953 one-level home that she shares with her husband Bill Wood. 

The couple bought the house, designed by University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana alum, architect Howard E. Schroeder. The couple took a 'Reduce, Reuse and Repair' approach to restoring the house to its original appearance. 

What was most helpful was a set of blueprints on the walls on the inside of a front closet. Become a 24/7 member for an exclusive look at blueprints (available soon) to see the details (built-ins and more) on this amazing house. Find the podcast episode on iTunes here. (Released 1/18/19)

 

 

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Typewriter Daily: Keeping Portland Weird, Carriage Return and Tom Hanks, Trailblazer

 Courtesy: Typosphere 

 Typing on a typewriter. It's a great hobby. One that everyone should have for mental health reasons. Mad at the boyfriend or the boss? Punching typewriter keys and writing angry copy feels so good. Feeling sad? Same thing. Putting all down on paper via a typewriter can feel so good, which brings me to this latest round-up of all things typewriter: 

  • Apparently, it's not just Austin that wants to "keep weird." Portland, Oregon wants in on the action. Check out this public typing station. Just perfect for some typewriter texting! 
  • Cleaning typeslugs on a vintage Yost. Not your typical typewriter. Check it out here
  • In Northern Cali? Check out the Carriage Return: The Art of Typography. (Yes, of course actor/collector Tom Hanks will be there, why do you ask?). A type-in is planned. How fun! 
  • Oh, remember that time when typewriters were BIG? Maybe not. See actress Ruby Keeler dancing on the keys with her handsome dance partner...
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MidCentury Modern Weekly: Ebony's 1970s test kitchen, 5 MCM homes on the market in Arizona

 Courtesy: New York Times, Lee Bey Photography 

 Modernism and MidCentury Modern isn't just about houses or even real estate. It's a lifestyle - it touches on just about everything - fashion, design, graphic design, photography and a whole lot more. 

  •  The building that housed Ebony is being converted into apartments, but at least the test kitchen has been saved by Landmarks Preservation of Illinois. It can be yours for $1. That's right, one buck
  • What's most clickable? Apparently a photogenic 1953 Highland Park, Ill. house on realtor.com.
  • Holy smokes! Five MidCentury Modern homes will be on the market during the upcoming Modernism week in Arizona. I'm guessing more than a few will be under contract before the big event. 
  • A rare opportunity to see inside the famous Wave House in Palm Desert - nickname comes from the roller-coaster shaped roof that was hidden for many years. Check out that unique roof here
  • 1960s era photographer Garry...
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MCM Weekly: 1952 BurdaStyle Blouse pattern, the iconic Platner Chair, A Silicon Valley Eichler

Courtesy: Burda Style

Less you think I'm just about MidCentury Modern homes, you couldn't be more wrong.

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Typewriter Daily: Los Angeles, Tucson, C.S. Lewis and his Favorite

 

 Courtesy: Los Angeles Times 

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